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JULY-AUGUST 1975 



The Nasturtium 

THE MASSACHUSETTS HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY 



Plant Mobile 
On The Move 

Doing something for someone else is 
what the Plant Mobile is all about. A 
lot of people and organizations are 
making a free horticulture program 
available to the city this summer. 
Those listed below have already given 
of their time, talents and supplies and 
we would like to extend to them our 
greatest appreciation. Since the 
program is just starting, we expect the 
list to grow. 

Allen C. Haskell Nursery 

Arrowhead Gardens 

Bettina Boudrot 

Dede Bundy 

Maureen Costello 

Alice Courage 

Evelyn Cronin 

SonjaCuneo 

DeVincent Farms 

Susan Dumaine 

Corliss Engle 

Sylvia Fee 

Peggy Fielder 

F. I. Carter & Sons, Inc. 

Garden Club Federation 

Gillette & Co. — Plant Care Division 

Mrs. Lester R. Godwin 

Griffin Greenhouse Supplies 

Harry Quint Greenhouses 

Robert Hesse 

Alexander Heimlich Nursery & 

Garden Centers 
Sandra Hudson 
The Hunnewell Family 
John D. Lyons, Inc. 
Lenny Karlin 
Kartuz Greenhouses 
Lexington Gardens 
Stanton Lyman 
Beth Mock 





Sonja Cuneo and Lenny Karlin demonstrate some Plant Mobile exhibits to 
Roger Cheever and Betty Cook, director of the Mayor's Office of Cultural A f fairs. 



Mahoney's Rocky Ledge Farm & 

Nursery 
Ra-Pid-Gro 
Lee Raymond 
Fred Ritzau 
Mrs. Howard Ruban 
Amy Sanzl 
Jean Stone 

Thomson Nursery & Garden Center 
Marguerite Tod 

Wellesley College Greenhouses 
Wellesley Hills Garden Club 
Michael Werman 
Weston Nurseries, Inc. 
Dorothy Whittier 
Natalie Wolf 

We are very happy with the support we 
have already received but we will con- 
tinue to need more. Perhaps, for in- 
stance, you are qualified to become 
one of our plant clinicians. You will be 
part of a team so you need not feel you 
must be accomplished in all phases of 
horticulture. We also still need plant 
material, so don't throw away that 
straggly, overgrown coleus— it is an 



excellent demonstration plant. We can 
use any seeds that didn't get planted 
this year and would otherwise get lost 
in storage. 

Here's to a summer of greenery and 
good times! 



The Begonias 
Are Still Coming 

Now is the time to reserve a space in 
your fall schedule for attending the big 
Eastern Regional Begonia Convention 
and Show which will be held at Horti- 
cultural Hall September 25, 26 and 27. 
A fascinating variety of begonias will 
be on display and interesting and 
informative lectures will be presented 
daily. The lectures will be open to the 
public at a cost of 50c per lecture. For 
a show schedule and registration 
information write to Mrs. C. Norman 
Collard, Box 46, Wayland, Mass. 
01778. 




A crowd gathers to watch "The Plant Doctor and Jack's Beanstalk, " a puppet 
play created by Sandra Hudson to explain good growing procedures. It will be a 
part of the program offered by the Plant Mobile to the city this summer. 



Horticultural Hall on 
the National Register 

Horticultural Hall has now been offi- 
cially recognized as one of the na- 
tion's historical landmarks. Having 
been nominated by the State Historic 
Preservation Officer, Horticultural 
Hall, along with Symphony Hall, will 
now be listed in the National Register 
of Historic Places. The National Reg- 
ister is the official list of the country's 
cultural resources worthy of preser- 
vation. It includes buildings and sites 
which are significant in American his- 
tory, architecture, archeology and 
culture. Since 1935, the year the His- 
toric Sites Act was passed, the federal 
government— specifically the Secre- 
tary of the Interior— has assumed 
extensive responsibility for the preser- 
vation of the nation's cultural proper- 
ty. The National Historic Preservation 
Act of 1966 expanded this program, 
creating the National Register of His- 
toric Places. The concern of the gov- 
ernment was made still more clear on 
May 1 3, 1 971 when an Executive Order 
was signed which stated that "The 
Federal Government shall provide 
leadership in preserving, restoring, 
and maintaining the historic and cul- 
tural environment of the Nation." 
Properties listed in the National 
Register are eligible for matching 



The Plant Mobile will appear at 

Plant Clinics every Thursday 

evening beginning July 3 from 

5 to 8 on the Falmouth St. side of 

Horticultural Hall. In case of rain 

they will be held in the main hall. 

You can also take this opportunity 

to visit Design 200 which will be 

open on Thursday nights until 8:00. 

Admission is $1.00. 



grants of up to 50% of the cost of their 
acquisition and development. These 
grants are available through the Mas- 
sachusetts Historical Commission 
and are funded by the National Park 
Service. 

Horticultural Hall, designed to har- 
monize with the neighboring Sym- 
phony Hall, was dedicated on Novem- 
ber 9, 1 901 , with a chrysanthemum 
exhibition. The listing in the National 
Register is indicative not only of the 
value of building, but also of the his- 
torical significance and continuing 
importance of the Society. 



Hall's Pond Project 

A wonderful opportunity awaits any 
members of the Massachusetts Horti- 
cultural Society who have been long- 
ing for a chance to get their hands 
dirty. Hall's Pond, the only open water 
area in North Brookline, has recently 
been acquired by the Town through 
the efforts of its Conservation Com- 
mission. The Commission plans to 
maintain the area as a sanctuary in a 
predominantly natural condition and 
would welcome any interested citizens 
who wish to assist with this mainte- 
nance. A group called the "Friends of 
Hall's Pond" has been formed for this 
purpose. 

Covering approximately 3 1 /2 acres 
(including surrounding shores and 
uplands), Hall's Pond has long pro- 
vided an aesthetically pleasing back- 
drop to the Town's Amory Playground 
which adjoins the pond to the west. 
Several species of wildlife frequent the 
Pond, which is fed by two inlets and 
by ground water. The present physical 
surroundings of the Pond vary con- 
siderably, from formal gardens to 
areas of wild trees, vines and dense 
undergrowth. The formal garden won 
an MHS Special Certificate in 1967. 

Despite a total acquisition cost of 
$77,500 and an improvement budget of 
approximately $20,000, the cost to the 
Town of the whole Hall's Pond area 
will be under $30,000 through 50% 
federal reimbursement and 25% state 
reimbursement. No specific plans or 
budget allocations have been made to 
maintain the formal garden area, but 
the Commission feels that if sufficient 
volunteer interest is shown they will 
support any reasonable scheme to 
continue these gardens. These and 
other questions were discussed at the 
initial meeting of "Friends of Hall's 
Pond" on June12. 

On June 15th at 4:00 p.m. there was 
a special Dedication ceremony at the 
Pond, which will be open to the public 
from dawn to dusk seven days a week. 
Anyone wishing more information on 
the "Friends of Hall's Pond" or on the 
Pond itself should call the Conserva- 
tion Commission at Brookline Town 
Hall at 232-9000, ext. 276. 



PRESIDENT'S REPORT 

The year 1 974 was a good one for your 
Society. From a financial point of view 
we showed an excess of revenue over 
expenses of $1 1 7,000 compared to 
$63,000 in 1973. However, there were 
several peculiar circumstances which 
contributed last year only to this 
happy condition. Our budget for 1975 
does not forecast nearly the same 
result. The Treasurer's report will 
amplify these comments. HORTI- 
CULTURE Magazine has shown a 
great deal of improvement and all who 
have worked on it deserve credit. Mr. 
Ewell, Mrs. Hencken and Mr. Good 
particularly deserve credit for their 
work on the Publications Committee. 

There have been four areas of con- 
cern which we have worked on in the 
past year: our endowment, this build- 
ing, our by-laws and searching for a 
new Executive Director. The endow- 
ment a year ago was almost entirely in 
common stocks which were rapidly 
declining so in mid-summer we con- 
verted most of these to treasury bills 
and short term notes. This was a very 
conservative approach which we 
thought appropriate. We are now start- 
ing to reinvest in the stock market. 

This building which is structurally 
sound has had little or no mainten- 
ance work done for some years. We 
started by painting the classroom. We 
had repairs made to the roof which 
stopped most of the leaks. We are now 
starting on a renovation to the front 
entrance which was so very bleak and 
dreary. We hope to make the appear- 
ance more inviting. In the long run, 
there are major improvements which 
need to be made, and they will require 
major funding. 

You have just voted, I hope, for new 
by-laws. The old ones were very re- 
strictive and written for other times. 
For example, there was a requirement 
that a prospective new member must 
be sponsored in writing by a present 
member, and his name posted for a 
period of two weeks to give others an 
opportunity to object. This is the re- 
quirement of a private club, not a 
public-oriented non-profit organiza- 
tion. It is also a requirement which has 
not been observed for some years. We 
will accept any new member, anytime 
and anywhere. In preparing the new 
by-laws, we have studied those of 
other non-profit organizations in the 
city, as well as other horticultural 
societies around the country. Mrs. 
Storey particularly has worked hard on 
their preparation. 



The most important activity of the 
past year was the selection of a new 
Executive Director. Roger Cheever 
started last fall and has been working 
extremely diligently ever since. After 
initially getting acquainted with the 
people, the services and the problems 
of the Society, he went to work on the 
budgets for this year. When that was 
done, the Spring Show was on top of 
him. Since then he has been preparing 
his program for the future, both short 
term and long. His program concerns 
not only this Society but his personal 
life as well. In the midst of his other 
planning he has been most fortunate 
in becoming engaged to Miss Jane 
Howard. 

It is with great regret that I have to 
report the deaths of several people 
who were very much involved with this 
Society: Miss Helen Moseley, Trustee 
from 1958 through 1964; Harold D. 
Stevenson, Trustee from 1953 through 
1967 and an Honorary Trustee until his 
death; and Arno H. Nehrling, Execu- 
tive Director from 1947 through 1963. 
They all contributed a great deal. 

I would like to personally thank all 
of the Trustees, all of the Staff, and 
those many volunteers who have made 
this a successful and satisfying year. 
Willard P. Hunnewell 
President 



TREASURER'S REPORT 

The year 1 974 was a successful year 
financially. In addition to the $117,649 
excess of revenue over expenses, we 
have been able to substantially reduce 
our current outstanding debt. The 
auditor's report shows $25,000 at the 
end of 1 974 compared to $1 75,000 at 
the end of 1973. 

The factors which led to this happy 
result are several, but stem principally 
from a recognition on the part of the 
Trustees and Treasurer, that the Soci- 
ety should be cautious in its financial 
activity during the year. This is evi- 
denced by the fact that expenses were 
reduced by not filling several open 
staff positions during the year. The 
repayment of loans reduced interest 
expenditures substantially and, final- 
ly, the endowment was converted to 
high yielding cash investments during 
the year. 

Program activities played a major 
part in our continuing success, partic- 
ularly noteworthy were the success of 



the Spring Show and the continuing 
contribution from HORTICULTURE 
Magazine. Finally, the generosity of 
our membership should be noted, 
both in terms of more members, fund 
raising and gifts and bequests which 
were a great deal more than in 1973. 

In closing I would add that the 
Board has approved a budget for 1 975 
which anticipates a modest favorable 
balance at year end. So from a dollars 
and cents viewpoint we are optimistic 
for the coming year. 

Edward N. Dane 
Secretary 



HORTICULTURE REPORT 

For years the magazine HORTICUL- 
TURE has been referred to as the alba- 
tross around the neck of the Society 
and many Trustees have agitated to- 
ward our selling out. It is true that four 
or five years ago the magazine was at 
best a marginal operation and before 
that was responsible for major yearly 
deficits. 

The publishing business is tricky- 
more of an art than a science, and we 
have seen some of the largest maga- 
zines fall by the wayside. However, in 
this particular period of time, special- 
ty magazines are doing well, and we 
are in the forefront with articles that 
are having broader and broader 
appeal. 

A year ago last February, Bob Fib- 
kins came aboard as our first in-house 
publisher fora long time and his ef- 
forts are beginning to bear fruit. In our 
opinion, the magazine has improved in 
lay-out and content and the renewal 
rate is moving upward (from 39% in 
1973 to 46% in 1974). 

The year 1 974 showed an increase in 
subscription income, advertising dol- 
lars were ahead of 1973 and the audi- 
tor's reports indicate that HORTICUL- 
TURE produced a net contribution to 
income of $94,988. 

The first quarter of 1 975 is even 
more dramatic— in 1973 the Magazine 
showed a loss of $6,500; this year 
preliminary figures show a profit of 
$50,500. I believe we are on the right 
track at the right time, and I would like 
to compliment Bob Fibkins and all his 
staff for their good work and also 
thank Mrs. Hugh Hencken and Fred 
Good for their help on the Publica- 
tions Committee. 

John W. Ewell, Chairman 
Publications Committee 



MEMBERSHIP REPORT 

The total membership in the Society 
on December 31, 1974 was 6,226 as 
compared with 5,719 at the end of 
1 973. During the year 1 ,1 88 new mem- 
bers were added, an increase of 207 
over 1 973. Of these 374 were added as 
the result of a mail promotion, with a 
renewal rate of 67% , and 1 30 from the 
1973 Spring Show, with a renewal rate 
of 59%. 

Membership income increased from 
$87,759 in 1 973 to $96,859 in 1 974. 

Mrs. Samuel H. Wolcott, Jr. 

Chairman, Membership Committee 



DIRECTOR'S REPORT 

Having been appointed in mid-October 
of 1974 as the Executive Director, I will 
be reporting on events which were 
organized and presented for the most 
part by members of the staff other 
than myself. Consequently, this report 
will be divided into two sections with 
the first portion concentrating on 
those programs which took place dur- 
ing this past year. I will then comment 
on my thoughts as to the future direc- 
tion of the Massachusetts Horticul- 
tural Society and how our programs 
will respond to these objectives during 
the forthcoming year. 

Under the helm of Mrs. Frances 
Dowd, the library has initiated a series 
of successful programs and teas to tie 
in with its monthly rare book exhibit. 
The goal was to stimulate interest and 
participation in the library and to make 
members realize that the library was a 
valuable resource for horticultural 
information. The programs ranged 
from a tea given for the contributors to 
the Marion Bell Crowell Fund through 
which Captain Cook's Florilegium was 
purchased, to an exhibit of bromeliad 
prints and plants highlighted by a lec- 
ture given by Dr. Robert Raffauf of 
Northeastern University on the subject 
of Plant Hunters in the Amazon. This 
popular series of exhibits and lectures 
has been carried forward into 1975 
with a presentation having been given 
in January by Mrs. Mabel Herweg on 
the history of Ikebana which over 1 00 
people attended. 

Also initiated to stimulate member 
activity was a plant-of-the-month pro- 
gram and the new member's evenings 
which have helped to make our newer 
members feel more welcome at the 
Hall. 



The Library reflected an increase in 
circulation with 5,623 books being 
borrowed by members in 28 states, 
Canada, England, and New Zealand. 
Eight hundred and fourteen new books 
were added to the Library, with 21 4 of 
these being gifts from outside 
sources. 

Of particular interest was the in- 
creased number of horticultural ques- 
tions that our library was being asked 
to respond to by both our membership 
and the general public. Between our 
visitors, letters, and telephone calls to 
our "hot line", we were answering in 
the range of 1 00 questions a day which 
attests to the increased interest in 
plant materials and the real need for 
our providing an information service to 
our membership. 

The rare book restoration project 
has been going forward with 80 books 
being restored by the Harcourt Bind- 
ery of Boston. In support of this effort 
we were fortunate in receiving a $700 
grant from the Council of Arts and 
Humanities which we matched. 

Our Hub Box Program through 
which volunteers are trained to teach a 
series of classes on horticulture in the 
elementary schools took a bit of a 
stumble with the loss of Nancy Phelan 
as its volunteer chairman. This was 
due to a transfer of her husband to 
another part of the country. In her 
absence, the Hub Box Committee 
carried on the program with 43 new 
volunteers being trained for placement 
in the Boston School System. In addi- 
tion to this number many certified 
teachers attended the training classes 
and carried the program back to their 
respective schools. During the year 
approximately 600 students became 
involved with horticulture through the 
efforts of these volunteers. 

The 1 974 Spring Flower and Garden 
Show drew more than 93,000 visitors 
from all over New England. Final fig- 
ures for the 1 975 show are not yet 
available, but it is already evident that 
we topped last year's attendance and 
brought in substantial revenue for the 
support of other program activities. 
During the show 63 vocational agri- 
cultural students participated in our 
traditional all day plant identification 
and judging contest. We also present- 
ed the Rose Show and Camellia Show 
in addition to the Christmas Fair 
which reflected a 25% increase at the 
gate. 

In January 1974, the Horticultural 
Society was a participant in an all-day 
televised Women's Fair produced 
jointly by WBZ-TV and the Governor's 



Commission on the Status of Women. 
Through this exhibit thousands of 
women were introduced to the pro- 
grams of the Horticultural Society. In 
addition, we succeeded in getting 
strong TV and radio coverage this year 
with Bill Thompson alone being on the 
air eleven times. Backing him up were 
many volunteers who also gave the 
Horticultural Society excellent public 
exposure through the media. 

On numerous occasions the staff 
represented the Society in the capac- 
ity of lecturer, judge or friendly advi- 
sor to numerous horticultural organi- 
zations throughout the region. As a 
support service to the Cleveland Gar- 
den Center the staff helped coordinate 
a tour of North Shore gardens for a 
group of their members that came to 
visit us from Ohio. 

The Taylor Greenhouse continues to 
be our most important teaching re- 
source where students can work with 
live plant materials in a proper work- 
shop environment. Through the hard 
work of the committee in charge, the 
ancient greenhouse which adjoins the 
Taylor Greenhouse has been fully 
restored and is now operational. 
Through the generosity of several 
people and the success of the bian- 
nual plant sale, the Greenhouse is 
now virtually self supporting and a 
major asset to the Society. 

An extraordinarily successful addi- 
tion to our program during the year 
has been the offering of plant clinics 
to the general public. During the sum- 
mer months 1 3 clinics were offered in 
the early evening hours at Horticul- 
tural Hall where advice was given on 
how to repot plants, make cuttings, 
and control pest infestation. On sev- 
eral occasions the line extended 
around the corner with people even 
bringing their houseplants in shop- 
ping carts. The interest in this pro- 
gram again reflects the increased need 
for basic horticultural information by 
all segments of the population. In 
partial response we have presented 
nine more plant clinics in various loca- 
tions throughout the city as well as in 
the suburbs. Through this program 
several thousand people have received 
personal horticultural advice from our 
volunteer plant clinicians. As a logical 
follow-up we will soon be operating a 
plantmobile which will make presenta- 
tions throughout the suburban area 
and hopefully in time on a statewide 
basis. 

Without question our most success- 
ful advance in program has come in 
the area of classes and workshops. 



During the calendar year of 1974 a 
total of 981 students attended the 57 
day and evening courses that were 
offered. When this figure is compared 
with the 425 individuals that attended 
18 courses in 1973, one can begin to 
appreciate the work that has been 
done by our coordinator Pegze von 
Moschizisker and the Educational 
Programs Committee. Classes were 
offered not only in Horticultural Hall 
but also at the Taylor Greenhouse, 
Wellesley College Greenhouse, Arnold 
Arboretum and numerous private 
homes throughout the suburban area. 
In addition, seven tours were conduct- 
ed to private estates and public 
gardens. 

In reflection, the year of 1974 must 
be considered an active and in many 
ways successful year for the Society. 
But there is so much more that we can 
and must do to have our institution 
publicly recognized as an invaluable 
horticultural information resource. 
Never before has there been a time 
when people have had a greater inter- 
est in plant materials nor a more pro- 
found need for information on how to 
care for them. As our primary objec- 
tive is education, we must reassess 
the programs which we presently offer 
and explore new alternatives to more 
effectively respond to these needs. To 
be specific, our classes and work- 
shops have improved immeasurably in 
the past year, but we must now re- 
structure the program. We should 
organize the classes in a manner that 
would allow a student the option of 
taking a series of courses geared to 
his level of experience and interest. 
Upon successful completion he 
should be recognized for his achieve- 
ment and encouraged to take a more 
advanced offering of courses. We 
should also be interfacing our course 
program with other institutions that 
have a related curriculum of classes. 

We must remember, however, that 
education can be communicated 
through a variety of mediums in addi- 
tion to the formal classroom. One way 
would be for the Society to become a 
clearinghouse of horticultural infor- 
mation for its members. Through our 
newsletter we should keep our mem- 
bership informed as to the programs 
and activities of interest that are being 
presented by other horticultural and 
environmental organizations in the 
Massachusetts area. Our library 
should become a more active resource 
center through which information is 
imparted not only by means of our 
books but also through lectures and 



displays. 

We are planning to present more 
shows and exhibitions in the forth- 
coming year with the emphasis being 
on quality and relevance as opposed 
to size. One of the ways we can ensure 
success in this area is by actively 
encouraging the specialized plant 
societies to use our facilities for exhi- 
bitions and coordinating our library 
displays and other programs with 
these events. We will also work jointly 
with other cultural institutions to offer 
programs which will be of mutual 
interest to our respective member- 
ships. 

In the past few months we have 
made good progress in updating the 
editorial content of HORTICULTURE 
Magazine. We are now working to pre- 
sent a publication which offers sound 
practical horticultural information that 
is relevant to today's needs and has 
educational value as well as visual 
attractiveness. 

Needless to say, all of the afore- 
mentioned programs will be only as 
successful as our facilities allow them 
to be. For the foreseeable future it has 
been agreed that Horticultural Hall will 
serve as an excellent home base for 
the Society. Not only is it centrally 
located, but also immediately access- 
ible by public transportation and situ- 
ated in an area which has been appre- 
ciably upgraded in the past few years. 
The building has been shown to be 
structurally sound and offers great 
potential for remodeling from within. 
Consequently, we have committed 
ourselves to redoing the front hall to 
give our building a proper senseof 
entrance. Construction will begin in 
the next few days. 

In the future we hope to establish a 
seed and plant store as well as enter- 
taining a more ambitious plan of a 
possible greenhouse teaching facility 
under lights and a proper resource 
center. 

From our home base in the city we 
intend to reach out to the suburban 
areas with programs that can be pre- 
sented in numerous locations. An 
example of this concept will be our 
plant mobile which will be operational 
this summer. Its mobility permits us 
to offer our plant clinics in a broad 
geographic area with specific pro- 
grams oriented to children and horti- 
cultural therapy for senior citizens. 

In summary, I have briefly outlined a 
number of programs which we are in 
the process of implementing. Under- 
lying all of them, however, is the com- 
mitment to the objective of making the 



Society an informational resource for 
all horticultural enthusiasts. We are 
actively studying the programatic 
issues related to this concept and are 
beginning to work as a team for this 
common cause. Above all else, how- 
ever, we must remember that we are 
providing a service to people and that 
we must therefore be professionally 
responsible to their needs and always 
seek to help them to better understand 
the interrelationship of plants to man 
and his environment. 



OFFICERS AND TRUSTEES 
1975-1976 

Officers 

Willard P. Hunnewell, President 
Edward N. Dane^Vice-President 
Mrs. John C. Storey, Vice-President 
Edward L. Stone, Treasurer 
Edward H. Osgood, 

Assistant-Treasurer 
Edward N. Dane, Secretary 

Trustees 

Oliver F. Ames 

Rodney Armstrong 

Kennett F. Burnes 

Mrs. Russell S. Carr 

Roger G. Coggeshall 

Edward N. Dane 

Mrs. Ara R. Derderian 

Mrs. Ralph P. Engle, Jr. 

JohnW. Ewell 

Frederick L. Good, III 

John W. Goodrich 

ErikH. Haupt 

Mrs. Hugh Hencken 

Joseph Hudak 

Willard P. Hunnewell 

Mrs. Robert C. Knowles 

Joseph W. Lund 

George H. Pride 

Mrs. Henry S. Stone 

John L. Wacker 

Mrs. Samuel H. Wolcott, Jr. 

Honorary Trustee 
Dr. Donald Wyman 



STANDING COMMITTEES 
1975-1976 

Executive Committee 

Willard P. Hunnewell, Chairman 

Edward N. Dane 

Mrs. Ralph P. Engle, Jr. 

Frederick L. Good, III 

Joseph W. Lund 

Edward L. Stone 

Mrs. John C. Storey 



Finance Committee 

Willard P. Hunnewell, Chairman 
Joseph W. Lund 
Edward H. Osgood 
Edward L. Stone 



Building Committee 
Erik H. Haupt, Chairman 



John W. Goodrich 



Membership Committee 

Mrs. Ara Derderian, Chairman 
Kennett Burnes 



Nominating Committee 

Mrs. Samuel H. Wolcott, Jr. 
Mrs. Ralph P. Engle, Jr. 
Joseph W. Lund 
Mrs. Henry S. Stone 



1974 GARDEN AWARDS 

Special A wards of Merit: 

Adams National Historic Sites, 

Quincy 
Dr. and Mrs. John Merrill, Westwood 
North Easton Savings Bank, North 

Easton 

Wakefield A ward for the Small 
Garden: 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Walcott, 
Brookline 



Exhibitions Committee 

Mrs. John C. Storey, Chairman 

Mrs. Kempton C. Churchill 

Mrs. Robert C. Knowles 

R. Wayne Mezitt 

Mrs. Henry S. Stone 

John L. Wacker 

Mrs. John B. Herweg 



Committee on Gardens 

Mrs. Samuel H. Wolcott, Jr., 

Chairman 
Edward N. Dane 
George H. Pride 
Mrs. John C. Storey 
John L. Wacker 



Publications Committee 

John W. Ewell, Chairman 
Frederick L. Good, III 
Mrs. Hugh Hencken 
Edward L. Stone 



Library Committee 

Rodney Armstrong, Chairman 
Robert D. Hale 
Mrs. Robert C. Knowles 
Charles W. Pierce, Jr. 



Committee on Medals 

George H. Pride, Chairman 
Mrs. Russell S. Carr 
Roger G. Coggeshall 
Mrs. Ara Derderian 
Joseph Hudak 



Committee on Prizes 

Roger G. Coggeshall, Chairman 

Mrs. Russell S. Carr 

Herbert C. Fordham 

James Sutherland 

Mrs. G. Kennard Wakefield 



Education Committee 

Mrs. Ralph P. Engle, Jr., Chairman 

Joseph Hudak 

Mrs. John Hudson 

Robert W. Mill 

George H. Pride 

Mrs. Henry S. Stone 



Trustees Emeriti 

Roy C. Boutard 

Albert C. Burrage 

George B. Cabot 

Nathan Chandler 

Russell B. Clark 

Mrs. C. Norman Collard 

Edward Dane 

Henry F. Davis, III 

Raymond DeVincent 

Henry S. Francis, Jr. 

Dr. Robert L. Goodale 

Mrs. John M. Hall 

Dr. John R. Haivs 

E. Miles Herter 

Garth Hite 

Mrs. Charles F. Hovey 

Dr. George H. M. Lawrence 

Vincent N. Merrill 

Edmund V. Mezitt 

Frederick S. Moseley, III 

Dr. John A. Naegele 

Mrs. C. Campbell Patterson 

Mrs. James H. Perkins 

Robert S. Pirie 

George Putnam 

Mrs. Charles G. Rice 

Robert G. Stone 

Mrs. G. Kennard Wakefield 



Bronze Medals: 

Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Child, Boston 
Norwood Automobile Co., Norwood 

Silver Medal: 

Mrs. Langford Warren, Cohasset 

Gold Medal: 

Mrs. Irving Fraim, Waltham 



1974 EXHIBITION AWARDS 

The John S. Ames Trophy: 
Weston Nurseries, Hopkinton 

The Albert C. Burrage Gold Vase: 
Alexander I. Heimlich, Woburn 



1974 MEDAL AWARDS 

Silver Medal: 

Mrs. Pendleton Miller, Seattle, WA 
Mr. and Mrs. H. Lincoln Foster, Falls 
Village, CT 

Large Gold Medal: 

Mr. and Mrs. Donald P. Smith, Morris 

Plains, NJ 
Mr. Hugh Steavenson, Elsberry, MO 

Jackson Dawson Medal: 

Dr. Gustav A. L. Mehlquist, Storrs, CT 

Thomas Roland Medal: 

Mr. Cornelius Hoogendoorn, Newport, 
Rl 



New Books 
in the Library 

The library is delighted to be given 
more space this month. We have, 
therefore, included some slightly 
older books and some technical and 
miscellaneous titles. 

May we also remind you that we are 
happy to mail books to members. Just 
let us know by telephone or letter 
which books or what subjects interest 
you. 

All You Can Build in the Garden. 
Allaby, Michael. Robots behind the 

Plow; Modern Farming and the 

Need for an Organic Alternative. 
Barkley, Fred A. The Species of the 

Begoniaceae. A bibliography. Does 

not circulate. 
Bates, H. E. A Fountain of Flowers. 

Essays about English gardening. 
Baylis, Maggie. House Plants for the 

Purple Thumb. 
The Beautiful Gardens of Britain. A 

guide book with many colorful 

illustrations. 
Better Homes & Gardens. Better 

Homes & Gardens Gifts to Make 

Yourself. 
Bigelow, Howard E. The Mushroom 

Pocket Field Guide. 
Bollmann, Willi E. Kamuti—a New 

Way in Bonsai. 
Buchman, Dian D. The Complete 

Herbal Guide to Natural Health 

and Beauty. 
Busch, Phyllis S. The Urban Environ- 
ment, a Teacher's Guide. Includes 

plants in the city. 
Carter, Walter. Insects in Relation to 

Plant Disease. 
Castellano, Carmine C. You Fix It: 

Lawn Mowers. 
Clark, Lewis J. Wild Flowers of British 

Columbia. 
Conroy, Norma M. Making Shell 

Flowers. 
Cox, Janet. Plantcraft: a Growing 

Compendium of Sound Indoor 

Gardening with Sound. 
Crandall, Chuck. Success with House- 
plants: a Down-to-Earth Guide to 

Indoor Foliage Plants. 
Eaton, Richard. Flora of Concord. 
Fisher, Ronald M. The Appalachian 

Trail. 
Fogg, H. G. Witham. Cut Flowers and 

Foliage Plants. English. 
Freitus, Jow. 760 Edible Plants Com- 
monly Found in the Eastern United 

States. 
Fryer, Leland N. Ecological Gardening 

for Home Foods. 
Gardening Shortcuts: How to Really 

Enjoy Gardening. 



Gauch, Hugh G. Inorganic Plant 
Nutrition. 

Handbook of Urban Landscape. Ed. by 
Cliff Tandy. 

Hannau, Hans. Fairchild Tropical 
Garden. 

Hanson, L. Plant Growth Regulators. 

Harris, Stuart. Flora of Essex County, 
Massachusetts. 

Hellyer, A. G. L. Picture Dictionary of 
Popular Flowering Plants. 

Heritage, Bill. The Lotus Book of 
Water Gardening. 

Hunt, Peter. The Book of Garden 
Ornament. 

Johns, Leslie. Plants in Tubs, Pots, 
Boxes and Baskets. English. 

Klein, Leopold. Tomatoes — the Multi- 
Plant Method. 

Korab, Balthazar. Gamberaia. Photo 
essay of an historic Italian garden. 
Kramer, Jack. Gardening without 
Stress and Strain. 

Leonard, Jonathan N. Atlantic 
Beaches. 

Line, Les. This Good Earth. Nature 
study. 

Logsdon, Gene. Successful Berry 
Growing. 

MacDougall, Elizabeth B. The French 
Formal Garden. 

Millard, Nancy. Pictures from Bark. 

Miller, Lawrence P. Phytochemistry. 

Mitchell, Peter. Great Flower Painters; 
Four Centuries of Floral Art. Biogra- 
phies and pictures of flower ar- 
rangements. Does not circulate. 

Morrison, Winifrede. Drying and 
Preserving Flowers. 

Olkowski, Helga. The City People's 
Book of Raising Food. The Organic 
Way to Plant Protection. 

Perry, Mac. Landscape Your Florida 
Home. 

Peters, Paulhans. Garden Pools for 
Pleasure. 

Prieto-Moreno, Francisco. Los Jar- 
dines de Granada. Does not cir- 
culate by mail. 

Riemer, Jan. The Beginner's Kitchen 
Garden. 

Riotte, Louise. Nuts for the Food 
Gardener; Growing Quick, Nutri- 
tious Crops Anywhere. 

Robbins, Sarah F. The Sea is All about 
Us. 

Robertson, Seonaid M. Dyes from 
Plants. 

Rosengarten, Frederic. The Book of 
Spices. Spice and herb information 
and cookery. 

Schery, Robert W. Plants for Man. 

Schroeder, Marion. The Green Thum- 
book. Gardening directory. Does 
not circulate. 



Scotland. Countryside Commission 

for Scotland. Scotland's Country- 
side, the official guide. 
Scott-James, Anne. Sissinghurst: the 

Making of a Garden. 
Shoemaker, James. Small Fruit 

Culture. 1975 edition. 
Simon, Hilda. The Private Lives of 

Orchids. 
Stephens, Rockwell R. One Man's 

Forest; Pleasure and Profit from 

Your Own Woods. 
Stocking Up: How to Preserve the 

Foods You Grow, Naturally. 
Stoddard, Alexandra. Style for Living; 

How to Make Where You Live You. 
Street, John. Plants for Performance. 

English. 
Subik, Rudolf. Decorative Cacti; a 

Guide to Succulent House Plants. 

English. 
Sunset Magazine. Garden Pools, 

Fountains and Waterfalls. 
Sunset Magazine. Sunset Ideas for 

Hanging Gardens. 
Swenson, Allan A. The Inflation 

Fighter's Victory Garden. 
Thompson, Mildred L. The Thompson 

Begonia Guide. 
Thrower, Stella. Plants of Hong Kong. 
Van der Spuy, Una. Wild Flowers of 

South Africa for the Garden. 
Vogel, Virgil J. American Indian 

Medicine. 
Wallace, H. R. Nematode Ecology and 

Plant Disease. 
Warren-Wren, S. C. The Complete 

Book of Willows. 
Water and Landscape: an Aesthetic 

Overview of the Role of Water in 

the Landscape. 
Weather-wise Gardening; How Best to 

Manage Sun, Wind, Shade, and 

Rain. 
Wilhelm, Stephen. A History of the 

Strawberry, from Ancient Gardens 

to Modern Markets. 
Wolff, Garwood R. Environmental 

Information Sources Handbook. 

Does not circulate. 
Wyman, Donald. The Saturday Morn- 
ing Gardener, a Guide to Once a 

Week Maintenance. 1974 edition. 
Yang, Linda. The Terrace Gardener's 

Handbook. 
Especially for Children: 
Cauvin, Edouard. Tiny Living Things. 

Microscope views of insects. 
Helfman, Elizabeths. Our Fragile 

Earth. 
Rahn, Joan E. Seeing What Plants Do. 
Tannenbaum, Beulah. Clean Air. 
Villiard, Paul. Insects as Pets. 
Wickers, David J. How to Make Things 

Grow. 



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New Book 
by Member 



Trees in Amherst, recently pub- 
lished by the Garden Club of Amherst, 
is not only a pictorial and descriptive 
record of native, cultivated and histori- 
cally interesting trees in Amherst but 
also of trees hardy in Massachusetts. 
Each tree is listed by botanical and 
common names. The brief, simple 
descriptions provide aids in identifica- 
tion and feature the most distinguish- 
ing characteristics of each tree. Under 
each description there is a list of loca- 
tions where the trees can be easily 
seen from a public way or on public 
grounds. Most of the trees mentioned 
are located in the vicinity of the Am- 
herst College Campus and on the 
grounds of the University of Massa- 
chusetts. Asterisks indicate trees of 
special historic interest. 

The format of the book is attractive 
and the black and white cover features 
the silhouette of the White Pines on 
the Amherst College Campus. The 
book is printed on fine quality paper 
and the close-up photography is 
excellent. 

The book explains how the natural 
beauty of the town of Amherst was 
enhanced by the planning and interest 
of many civic-minded citizens over the 
years. In 1 857, the Amherst Ornamen- 
tal Tree Association led by William 
Austin Dickinson, brother of Emily 
Dickinson, set forth specific plans for 
the layout and planting of the Village 
Common, the improvement of walks 
by lining them with appropriate trees 
and the development of the grounds of 
Amherst College. He was aided in this 
endeavor by consultations with Fred- 
erick Law Olmsted and his son, the 



eminent landscape architects. Presi- 
dent William S. Clark, third president 
of the University of Massachusetts, 
was most responsible for stimulating 
an interest in ornamental trees in the 
town of Amherst. In 1876, President 
Clark was invited by the Japanese 
government to help establish an agri- 
cultural college in Sapporo on the 
island of Hokkaido. He was joined a 
few years later by Professor William 
Penn Brooks of the University of Mas- 
sachusetts faculty. During this period 
they sent back to Amherst many seed- 
lings of beautiful flowering trees 
which were later planted on the Uni- 
versity of Massachusetts campus. 

The black and white photographs of 
each tree aid in their identification as 
they feature pictures of the bark, the 
leaves, the buds, flowers and fruits of 
each specimen. The photography was 
done by Lois Theodora Grady of the 
Tree Book Committee of the Garden 
Club of Amherst. Mary M . Maki was 
chairman of this Committee and wrote 
the introduction. There are Walking 
tour maps showing the location of 
each tree and a chart of wooded areas 
in Amherst showing the frequency of 
the different varieties of trees growing 
in conservation areas nearby. 

This attractive tree identification 
book should be of interest not only to 
Amherst citizens but to all residents of 
Massachusetts as the trees mentioned 
are hardy throughout the entire state. 



Plant of the Month 

The Plant of the Month for July is a 
Sea Onion, Bowiea volubilis, donated 
by Sandra Podolsky of the Plant Gal- 
lery in Newton. 
This curious succulent plant has 



climbing fern-like foliage which grows 
from a pale green onion-like bulb. 

The Sea Onion requires bright sun- 
light and should not be overwatered. 

The winner of the May Plant of the 
Month, the Boston Fern which was 
given by Seltzers Garden City, Inc. of 
Chestnut Hill, Newton, was Mrs. 
Gordon Long of Weymouth. 

Stop by the Horticultural Hall library 
soon and fill out a registration which 
will make you eligible to win the Plant 
of the Month. Winners are notified by 
phone and can pick up the plant at 
their convenience. 



Membership 
Renewal Reminder 

Since many memberships are up for 
renewal at this time of year, it seems 
an appropriate time to call to your 
attention a couple of things that might 
help to avoid confusion. 

First, since our billing process is 
now handled by our fulfillment house, 
duplicate notices are occasionally 
sent to members who have already 
paid their renewals. If you receive an 
additional notice after you have sent 
your check, please accept our apolo- 
gies. Receipt of your new membership 
card is proof that your membership 
has been renewed and we ask you to 
ignore any duplicate renewal notices 
you may receive after that. 

Also, the renewal notice is in two 
parts, with a perforated line down the 
middle. We need both of them for our 
records, so please be sure to mail the 
entire form back to us. 

We look forward to having you with 
us again during the coming year.